“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Trouble. Jesus promises us trouble. He didn’t say you might have trouble or there is a possibility of having trouble. He tells us we will have trouble.
His words are recorded at the end of chapter 16 in the gospel of John. Right smack dab at the end of His teaching to the disciples–which was meant to prepare them for His impending death and resurrection–He tells them what to expect and that it wasn’t going to be easy or comfortable.
He taught them but they really didn’t get it. He also promised them a gift…the gift of the Holy Spirit. When they received that gift after His resurrection, they understood and they received power to live as overcomers.
Jesus overcame death through the resurrection. And His followers will too. “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
But what does all this mean for me today in the here and now?
In my present situation, it means that when the doctor tells me that I will be my husband’s nurse–post bone marrow transplant–and there will be daily infusions to give him in his chest catheter, flushing the 3 lines with saline and heparin, taking his blood pressure, temperature and watching him closely for signs of disease…I tremble! This is trouble!
And I cry out to God and I overcome my fears, not by bailing out, but by sticking in there with the help of the Holy Spirit.
When I am at my weakest, when I feel helpless and I look at Bob who is even more helpless, this is trouble!
And I cry out to God and somehow I’m uplifted and given strength that I could never muster up myself.
When I say, “I’m not capable for this task. I’m not a nurse and if I wanted to be a nurse I would have become a nurse,” and when I fear doing new things and organizing and administering 13 medications, preparing food that Bob can tolerate, keeping the house fit and sanitized for a transplant patient, and transporting him to hospital visits, I miraculously don’t cave under the weight of it. Humanly, I think I will. But I don’t
God knows ‘I can’t’ but through Him I can do all things. Just like Philippians 4:13 promises.
And in the midst of the trouble there’s even moments of repose, quiet and deep peace.
It doesn’t always come easy but it comes.
God is good in the midst of trouble and in our weakness He is strong. And that’s how we overcome.
(The above photo was taken in our home away from home near the hospital where my husband is being treated. I have been photographing indoor scenes since I don’t get out in nature much. My camera is my companion on this journey. I thought I’d have to give up my photography but how could I? It’s a gift from God, and all that I photograph are reminders of the small delights and simple pleasures that I have to be thankful for).